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State Archives of Luhansk Oblast

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Director: Bezgynska Kateryna

Deputy Director: Trishchun Svitlana

Deputy Director Chief Curator of Funds: Lysenko Tatiana

Historical Background

Luhans’k Regional Archive Board (1925-1930)

Luhans’k Municipal Archive Board (1930-1932)

Luhansk State History Archive (1932-1935)

Voroshilovgrad Regional History Archive (1935-1938)

Voroshilovgrad Regional State Archive (1938-1941)

Voroshilovgrad State Archive (1941-1958)

Luhans’k Regional State Archive (1958-1970)

Voroshilovgrad Regional State Archive (1970-1980)

State Archive of Voroshilovgrad region (1980-1990)

State Archive of Luhans’k oblast (since 1990)

Luhans’k Regional Archive Board was founded on September 1, 1925.In 1930 on October 10 it was reestablished into Luhans’k Municipal Archive Board.Since March 3, 1932 it was registered as Luhansk State History Archive.

Luhans’k was renamed in Voroshilovgrad on November 5, 1935.Accordingly all state bodies and departments underwent renaming too.In spring of 1938 Voroshilovgrad State History Archive was turned into Voroshilovgrad Regional History Archive.Since December 3, 1938 all state archive boards were introduced into NCIA (National committee of Internal affairs).

Voroshilovgrad Regional History Archive was renamed into Voroshilovgrad Regional State Archive in 1941.

In the period of Nazi occupation (1942) all archive documents were evacuated.Voroshilovgrad State Archive resumed its activity in 1943 after the liberation of the town.

After the next renaming of Voroshilovgrad into Luhans’k on March 5, 1958 the archive was registered as Luhans’k Regional State Archive.It was surbodinated to Luhans’k Regional Executive Committee.Since May 4, 1990 it has been officially registered as the State Archive of Luhans’k oblast.

Total Volume of Funds

Description of Archives Holdings

In the archive one can find the documents preserved since the 18th century till the present time. They contain evidences about economic, social and cultural life of the region.

The earliest documents are in the funds of Luhans’k foundry plant, Luhans’k and Slovyanoserbsk land departments, boards of share-holding companies, plants, mining diggings and many other businesses and enterprises that used to work on the region territory.In the depository of Luhans’k foundry plant one can find the registers about the foundation of Luhans’k plant village which was the beginning of Luhans’k town construction.The depository contains different revision inventories, houses projects for the plant workers and the foremen, the Senate order about the resettlement of the villagers from Novorussian province and their registration at the plant, some documents about shell production for the Black Sea fleet and the foundry of the monument to honor the victory in the Patriotic War of 1812 to be erected in Polotsk town etc.

The depositories of Luhans’k Steam locomotive plant of Hartman, Luhans’k bullet plant, Villhivski pig iron foundry plant, Donetsk plant of Russia chemical production stock company “Rosiyskfarba” contain the evidences about Hartman plant foundation (1896), listings of its equipment, diagrams and types of the locomotive production, informative letters about the plant operation, lists about the revolutionary disturbances of 1905,workers strikes in 1912 and 1916.

The depositories of Cady3evka stone and coal diggings, Holubiv ore pits, Beresto-Bohoukhov mining production companies preserve the documents about their technical equipment and info about the coalminers.

A collection of maps includes the information about the settlements of Starobelsk, Bakhmetovka and Slovjanoserbsk settlements of 1813 - 1915 years.

The funds of Luhans’k and its region contain hand – written documents (registration books of births, marriages and deaths) of 1787 – 1927 years.

The depositories of the Russia Imperial period were stocked by the local government bodies military administration boards, industrial plants, educational establishments, postal and telegraph services, state and commercial banks.

The documents of the latest period include the listings of various events in the years of revolution in Ukraine of 1917 – 1920, the losses caused by intervention, requisition of landowners estates, repressions against the land owners, setting up of agricultural artels.The depositories of the awards, the changes on the administration and territory level, the periods of organization, reorganization and elimination of different enterprises, companies and establishments in the region.The funds of district, village and settlement executive bodies include the evidences about surplus appropriation system and famine of 1930’s.

The depository of the regional peoples deputies Executive Committee contains various documents about labor achievements of the region in the development of its economy, elections to the higher political and local government bodies, ceremonies of the awards presentations.

The funds of planning and statistical bodies keep the documents about the period of collectivization, the reports of Shterovskaya power station construction as well as the general electrification of Luhans’k region, the reports about the industry and agriculture developments and achievements.

The depository of the regional committee on the matters of identification and investigation into the crimes of the nazi occupants holds the evidences about the losses caused to the citizens, villagers, social and public establishments, state industries in the years of World War II.

Numerous groups of depositories are represented by the funds of enterprises and plants of the leading industrial fields.The condition of coal industry is featured by the documents of mining administrations on coal mining, selling and concentration of coal, listings about coal deposits, coal mining constructions, mechanization of industrial processes, promotion of production experience.

The funds of health care bodies feature the situation in the sanitary area and measures against infectious diseases.

The documents about the struggle against illiteracy, opening of the new schools, activities of various youth organizations can be found in the depository of the public education bodies.They also provide the information about the activities of local culture departments.

The archive holds the documents of various public bodies, regional Communist party committees and Komsomol organization.They depict complicated processes of the Communist party system development, methods to resist the public opposition in villages, of famine and repressions in 1930’s, activity of the local Communist party and Komsomol underground and partisan movements in the years oа World War II.

Video-and-still documents preserve the bright pages of Luhans’k region; holidays, anniversaries, city parades and demonstrations, elections, sport events, city contests, monument erections, new schools opening, reports and articles from the plants about the labor achievements and leaders, honoring and awarding the war and labor attendance of museums, theatres, libraries, interviews with famous people.Photo documents of Luhans’k in different history periods arise the special interest.

Certificates of those citizens of Luhans’k region, who were exported to Germany during World War II, by force.

On the right - The document on the end of schooling (Slovjanoserbsk college council)

On the left – Special Geometric plan of the wasteland (village Malaya Ivanivka of Bahmuds’kyi region).

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